Feb
6
Wed
JCRC Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day
Feb 6 @ 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Every year the JCRC of Greater Washington participates in Jewish Advocacy Day in Richmond, where Jewish organizations from around the state send advocates to speak with legislators during the General Assembly. The JCRC will be sponsoring a bus from the JCCNV to Richmond, which will leave at 6:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor are scheduled to speak to the group. Orientation to the JCRC advocacy positions is provided during the NoVA Insider Briefing on January 30th (see below). Contact NVHC VA JCRC Commission representative Andy Lacher for more information. The registration deadline is February 2. For more information and to register please follow this link.

NoVA Insider Briefing
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Litttle River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA

Policy experts will brief attendees on the key issues facing our community in the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. All are welcome whether or not they will be joining us in Richmond on February 6.  For more information and to register please follow this link.

Beginning Hebrew
Feb 6 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov-Gerrig
Time: Wednesdays, February 6-April 10, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students. Minimum 5 students.
Text: Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults ($18.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

Learn to read Hebrew! No previous experience required. This class introduces the student to Hebrew letters and vowels, and broadens the student’s understanding of the use of Hebrew in Jewish life, ritual, study, and tradition. The student will learn to read Hebrew phonetically, to recognize common Hebrew roots used in prayer, and to write block letters. This course provides a foundation for the rest of our Hebrew classes. No prerequisites.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Feb 6 @ 11:30 pm - 1:00 am

Never became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Now is your time! Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as an adult provides a unique opportunity to explore Jewish thought, practice and ritual. This is an 18-month class, with lively conversation on a variety of topics including liturgy and prayer, holidays, lifecycle, text study, theology, Reform Judaism. This is an amazing way to speak to your Jewish soul, to create community through shared learning, doing mitzvot and building relationships with others, lasting long beyond the class itself. It is also an opportunity for adults to learn the skills to be called to the Torah. Each class member will have the opportunity to read from the Torah as desired, and to help lead the congregation, culminating with a Shabbat morning celebration on March 7, 2020.

Beginning Hebrew
Feb 7 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 am

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov-Gerrig
Time: Wednesdays, February 6-April 10, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students. Minimum 5 students.
Text: Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults ($18.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

Learn to read Hebrew! No previous experience required. This class introduces the student to Hebrew letters and vowels, and broadens the student’s understanding of the use of Hebrew in Jewish life, ritual, study, and tradition. The student will learn to read Hebrew phonetically, to recognize common Hebrew roots used in prayer, and to write block letters. This course provides a foundation for the rest of our Hebrew classes. No prerequisites.

Feb
7
Thu
Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
Feb 7 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

Instructor: Elizabeth Lacher
Time: Thursdays, February 7-May 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students
Text: Hineni: Prayer Hebrew for Adults ($22.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

The emphasis of these classes is on improving prayer fluency, the acquisition of basic prayer vocabulary, and understanding the structure of the prayer service. Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service, and may include additional prayers as desired by the students.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and basic pronunciation.

Introduction to Islam
Feb 7 @ 11:30 pm - 1:00 am

Instructors: Leaders from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center
Time: Thursdays, January 31, February 7, 14, 21, and 28; 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: NVHC

Join leaders from the ADAMS Center to explore the fundamentals of the Islamic faith and culture. The last session of this class will be a joint Q&A panel with Rabbis Holzman and Wainer and leaders from ADAMS.

Biblical Hebrew 2
Feb 8 @ 12:15 am - 1:15 am

For students who want to be able to read, understand, and translate selections from Torah. We will learn to recognize variety of verb forms and expand knowledge of Biblical vocabulary.

Prerequisites: Biblical Hebrew 1 or equivalent. Some familiarity with Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

TextThe First Hebrew Primer, 3rd edition ($33.95) starting with Chapter 20

Feb
10
Sun
Tanakh Chevruta
Feb 10 @ 2:30 pm - 3:40 pm

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group explores Jewish spirituality by reading and discussing sacred tezts. We try to take a literary and historical view of Scripture and discern the lessons it offers to apply to contemporary life. The group decides which parts of the Tanakh to read together; last year we covered much of Deuteronomy and Numbers. Come explore the Tanakh with us; everyone has something to offer and something to learn!

Prerequisites: None

Text: Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (The New JPS translation according to the traditional Hebrew text). Copis available in the NVHC Library or bring your own.

 

The History of the Jews in America, 1654 to the Present
Feb 10 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The year 2004 marked the 350th anniversary of the organized Jewish community in what would become the United States of America that began with the arrival of 23 refugees from Pernambuco, Brazil to New Amsterdam/New York. The course will chart the evolution of the Jews in America from the Colonial Era to the 21st century, breaking the chronology into 6 distinct periods. Subsequently we will explore a series of themes such as efforts to achieve civic equality and Jewish participation in American politics and the military, the history of immigration and ghetto life from the 19th century up to the latest waves of immigration from the former Soviet Union and Israel, American Jewish demographic trends, and the history of Judaism in American and the specific paths of Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Judaism.

Voices of Israel: Hearing the Hopes and Dilemmas of the Jewish State
Feb 10 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Gather to study and discuss the work of Israeli writers since 1947 who address the challenges, inspirations and dilemmas of the state through poetry, song and short fiction. Instead of us discussing the nature of a Jewish State, we will hear from Israelis in their own words.